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Re: Where are Freedmen DNA testers

Hi Angela,

I just uploaded my information to GEDMATCH and it is being processed for use. I kinda get how this can be useful if it can drill down on certain issues that my research and basic knowledge of blended families that lived in Indian Territory are concerned.

I guess it may be more valuable when trying to make those connection outside of Indian Territory for family that married "state Negroes" like my paternal great grandfather Hadley LIGON who I have precious little information on.

It is my theory that Hadley's father may have been white (or mixed) and I have enough information that indicates he was enslaved in MO before coming to TX as an enslaved child.

Because I don't know his parents names or if he had any siblings or their names, it will more than likely take a DNA match to confirm some of my hypothesis on his parents, siblings and other ancestors.

Again, there are many DNA matches with "Europeans" that show up as "distant matches" which could be from Hadley or his wife Bettie LOVE-LIGON because we know many of the Choctaw and Chickasaw men who fathered children with enslaved women were from the "mixed blood" slave owning class.

Yet, again it is quite telling that those who have "European" ancestry and match me are all but silent when it comes to sharing their genealogical history. With the newfound DNA matches much of what "we" know is being challenged from what the "historians" would have us believe.

Or as Lenny BRUCE and Richard PRYOR both said, "who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?"


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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